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To The Parent I Once Judged

To the parent I once judged – I apologise.

Pre-child I had this image of what parenthood would look like. Just think happiness and light, lunch dates and strolls in the sun! Sounds good doesn’t it? Boy did parenthood hit me back to earth with a bang! Ok so some days look a little like that (but with food all over the floor) but some days will literally chew you up and spit you back out.

Along my parenthood journey there have been many realisations. Realisations that have made me want to apologise for all the ignorant pre-child things I did!

To the parent of the tantruming child – I’m sorry.

Now before I had children of my own I was that person who would give that look to the parent who’s child would be screaming round the supermarket. That look as if to say shut it up!

For that I am sorry. Now I will salute you – parent to parent because I know how tough that is. Feeling judged by every other person in there. Not knowing the best way to deal with it! Wondering if someones posting about you in the local Facebook group – ‘Did anyone else see that lady totally lose her shit in Asda today?’

To the parent not replying to my text – I’m sorry.

Yes I thought you were just being an arse for not texting me back.

Now I know you were just probably busy caring for your child. Jeez I’ve gone days meaning to send a reply but something always needs to take priority. Then when you finally get a minute you quickly check Facebook to see what drama Susan’s gotten herself into now!

To the parent putting their child in daycare – I’m sorry.

Ok so I may have judged a few parents in my time for putting their child in daycare when they clearly had a day off.

I didn’t realise that a day off didn’t actually mean a day off! I know you were probably busy catching up on housework or running 150 errands! I send Little to nursery every Wednesday despite being on Maternity Leave! I just need that time to face the rest of the week.

To the parent of a child not wearing a coat – I’m sorry.

What was I supposed to think when even I’m freezing my danglies off in my coat?

Little did I know that sometimes it’s just best to choose your battles very wisely! I’d allow Little to go out naked in the snow (not really!) if it meant she’d go quietly.

To the parent who rocks their child to sleep – I’m sorry.

I may have thought you were just making a ‘rod for your own back!’

Ugh how I hate that term now. Like you I would do anything to get my child to sleep! I totally get that.

To the parent who wanted to spend their child free night at home – I’m sorry.

Ok you are not boring in the slightest.

I too would spend that one evening watching anything but kids TV, not sharing my food and having a bath alone!

To the parent who allows their child to have a dummy – I’m sorry.

Although Little didn’t ever take to one – I could not be without a dummy with Baby. So I’m sorry I ever judged!

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So from one parent to another. I’m sorry for being an unempathetic, ignorant arse. Let’s unite in our choices to parent the way we do!

Can I get a hell yeah?


  • Claire

    February 17, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    It is so so easy to judge and see things in a different light until you have your own and you’re sat realising why it’s so tough sometimes & why others from the outside are judging.

    You’re doing an amazing job though mama, never forget that xx

  • EssexKate

    February 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I don’t remember being that judgemental, but now I definitely look at other parents with empathy. Especially those whose children are having a meltdown or whose children are dressed inappropriately, There are definitely battles I decide aren’t worth fighting.

  • Alison

    February 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I had a little smile at all of these because I’ve thought exactly the same! Especially the bit about daycare and the dummy! I cringe now at some of the things I’ve thought in the past! Thank you for a great Friday night read.

  • Roxy

    February 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I’m not a parent yet, but I def appreciate this as more of my friends start having kids. Kids really do change everything and create an element of spontaneity. I will def try to be more understanding.

  • Lucy | Real Mum Reviews

    February 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Love this post. It is so true. Until you’ve got kids of your own you don’t realise the challenges parents face. I’m embarrassed to admit I used to be quite judgey about breastfeeding beyond the age of one, even saying to my friends that I thought it was a bit ‘weird’. Then I had my daughter and fed her till 27 months. Humble pie eaten. I now know that every parent has the right to parent as they please. X

  • Crissy

    February 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I don’t have kids so I can’t say I can relate but I feel like all the things I currently judge parents on you mentioned so I better be careful cause I might be in for a rude awakening huh? My friend just had her second kid and I totally commend her on how she handles everything plus a full time job! I think parents definitely need to be given more credit!

  • Keoshia

    February 18, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    LOL, I love this because I was one of the first one to have kids in my circle of friends and they never understood how hard it was. But now that my kids are old and they are just getting started, we joke about how the tables have turn, lol! Thanks for apologizing it good to hear that now you understand what we were going through! Don’t worry it get better, Happy parenting!

  • Marie Barber

    February 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Parenting like anything else that you haven’t experienced before can’t be understood until you’re experiencing it yourself, You may not realise that till afterwards at least your humble enough to admit it. There is a ‘friend’ of mine always commenting about children, (on FB) why dont parents just take them out if they are crying, why dont they just do this and that, when people say but your not a parent he bites back… Hes about to become a parent! I doubt he would admit he was wrong but we shall see 🙂 you have two gorgeous little ones,what a cute pic!

  • Jewel

    February 20, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Thanks!! This is awesome. It is definitely easy to judge a situation without experiencing it for yourself. Until you become a parent you really don’t understand what it’s like.

  • Muffin top mummy blog

    February 20, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I was soooo judgemental about all of the above until exactly 12 weeks and 4 days ago. I was NEVER going to give my child a dummy and by day 2, I’d practically sellotaped it to her face. I realised then and there how clueless I’d been – Never judging again!

  • steph

    February 22, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Loved this post, I shared it on twitter the other day as I found it so relatable. I’m literally the mum who ALWAYS forgets to text back, or misses appointments or meetings haha. I think its easy to judge someone when you haven’t been in that situation. Now when i see a child throwing tantrum in the supermarket, I always smile at the mum, give her some reassurance cause it can be humiliating. x

  • Kirsty

    February 27, 2017 at 11:47 am

    It’s always different as an outsider looking in: I’ll be the first to admit that before I became a mum, I was guilty of rolling my eyes at the mum with the tantruming child, more often than not. Now as a mum, you have a completely new perspective… sometimes you just have to let them tantrum,. Some reassurance rather than eye roll can make all the difference!


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